Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A SORT OF COTTAGE PIE - WITH A MYSTERY INGREDIENT


This recipe, a sort of Italian cottage pie, is from a book called Cucina Low Cost. Only garlic and onion are cooked in olive oil prior to adding the meat but, in addition to the mince - in this case, a mixture of beef and pork but it could be mince of your choice - there is an ingredient I had never heard of before, pasta di salame. I was rather irritated with myself about this but was comforted by the fact that none of the Sicilians I asked knew what it was either.  I did an internet search and, although I found some recipes requiring this ingredient, none of them told me what it was. "From the best supermarkets", said a note in one of these recipes but no one had heard of it in the local supermarket.  By this time, I had begun to suspect that we were probably talking about a sausage mix and at my next stop, the butcher's, this was confirmed.  My butcher seasons his sausage meat with fennel seeds, sage and red wine so some of this to put in the dish seemed a great idea to me!

One thing I don't miss about Britain is most British cheese and I cannot stand cooked Cheddar cheese, so I was happy to sprinkle a mixture of ragusano and grana cheese over the top of the dish.  Oh, and some 'strattu was stirred in with the meat, onion and garlic, too.

I was pleased with the result and will definitely be making this again.

5 comments:

the cuby poet said...

The title of this post intrigued me so I had to read on and followed your search for this hard to identify ingredient and found the answer. The photograph looks so yummy.

Priests Housekeeper said...

I always feel so hungry when I visit your blog!
Lovely post and it does look delicious.
Hope you are keeping well.
Blessings and prayers,
Annx

Dragonstar said...

That looks so delicious, and it sounds it too!

Ellee Seymour said...

I think it's time for you to create your own cook book with the recipes you have written about here.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Cuby. Thanks to you, too, Ann. I appreciate your kind words, as always. x Thanks, Dragonstar. You know, Ellee, that is exactly what I would like to do!

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